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Laramie Movie Scope:
The Nutty Professor

'The Nutty Professor' is crude, but surprisingly funny

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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June 30, 1996 -- It's sort of like an old Jerry Lewis movie. In fact, Jerry Lewis is one of the producers. Is this a nightmare or what?

Actually, "The Nutty Professor" is a funny movie. Yes, it is a remake of the old Jerry Lewis film, but it is also a lot different.

Eddie Murphy plays professor Sherman Klump in the film, in fact, he plays a whole family of Klumps. He even plays a Richard Simmons-like white guy in the film. Klump is a lovable, shy fat guy that people are always making fun of.

But Klump is also a brilliant scientist. One evening, after a very disastrous date, he decides to drink a Jeckyl and Hyde-type liquid that turns him into a thin guy. The trouble is, the thin guy is juiced with too much testosterone and a very bad attitude.

Klump likes his thin alter ego, whom he calls Buddy Love, but like Mr. Hyde, Buddy Love gets way out of control. In the end, Klump has to wage war with himself to get control of his own body. He finally realizes that he doesn't have to be thin to have self worth.

It's a nice story. The humor is funny, but very crude. There are numerous flatulence jokes, some excretion jokes, sexual jokes and so on. It is a little like "Blazing Saddles" or "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective" in that regard. The film was directed by Tom Shadyac, who also directed "Ace Ventura." It's crude, but funny. It rates a B.

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Copyright © 1996 Robert Roten. All rights reserved.
Reproduced with the permission of the copyright holder.
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